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Colliers to acquire market leading commercial real estate firm in Italy

Acquisition adds another strong company-owned operation in key European market

Leading diversified professional services and investment management company, Colliers, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in Colliers International Italia S.p.A., Colliers Real Estate Services Italia S.R.L. and Colliers Real Estate Management Services Italia S.R.L. (collectively, “Colliers Italy”), which was previously an affiliate operation. The current shareholders of Colliers Italy, Ofer Arbib and Giulia Longo, will retain an equity interest in the business under Colliers’ unique partnership model. As a company-owned operation, Colliers Italy will continue to build on its market leadership position by increasing service capabilities and leveraging the vast resources of Colliers’ strong and highly innovative platform across Europe. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Originally founded in 1996, Colliers Italy has grown to over 80 professionals providing landlord agency, tenant representation, investment sales brokerage, property management, valuation and project management services to investors, developers and occupiers of commercial real estate.

“Milan and Rome are key European markets with a combined population of over 4.3 million and home to nearly all major Italian businesses and investors,” said Chris McLernon, CEO | EMEA for Colliers. “Colliers Italy has a market leading position and an experienced team of highly respected professionals with extensive knowledge of the Italian real estate landscape. This new partnership will allow Ofer and Giulia to continue their success and leverage the additional resources of the global business to better serve our clients domestically and internationally.”

“Given our long association with Colliers, this was a natural next step for our firm. Their enterprising approach and partnership philosophy will provide us with greater access to the broader Colliers platform to expand our capabilities and capitalize on the opportunities in our growing market,” said Giulia Longo, co-principal of Colliers Italy.

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Giulia Longo

CEO | Colliers Real Estate Services Italia


Throughout my career at Colliers Italia, I have developed the ability to structure complex projects with a variety of clients, including global leading companies and important state institutions. My areas of expertise range from management and valuation of real estate portfolios to legal and technical insight.

I am the current CEO of Colliers Real Estate Services Italia, acting as independent expert for clients such as Prelios, BNP Paribas and Fabrica Immobiliare SGR among others; and strategic consultant for valuation and optimisation for clients including Banca d’Italia, Telecom Italia, Idea FIMIT SGR.

I have been Managing Director for Colliers International Italia, where I managed the organisation and disposal of properties for a number of local administrations and clients, both in the private and public sector.

Previously, I have been Project Manager and Evaluation Support Specialist at Colliers Elitrade, where I worked on sector surveys, feasibility studies, valuation of individual properties and real estate portfolios.

I started my career at Ernst&Young, working on the analysis, valuation and management of urban projects and real estate portfolios.

Besides my work with Colliers, I volunteer with a charity offering support and assistance to children affected by cancer and their families.

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